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Video: Tow In Surfing

Discovery Questions:
Where are the world's major waves?
What are the world's major surf competitions?
What physical forces are involved in creating large waves?
What types of plants and animals can be found in the intertidal zones?
What animals are the best surfers in the world?
What physical characteristics do these plants and animals have to adapt to intertidal stresses?
What are some famous milestones in the history of the sport?
What types of surfboards are there?
What are some types of accidents experienced by surfers?
What are some common weather conditions experienced by surfers?
What gear is commonly taken while surfing?
From what composite materials are the gear made?
From what chemical compounds are these materials made?
What are some common maneuvers in the sport?
What schools are available to teach the sport?
What records are held in the sport and by whom?
What are some personality characteristics of sufers?
What is the role of fear in learning the sport?
What slang or idiom used in the sport?
What effects does surfing as a sport have on the the beach?

Types of Surfing:
  • Paddle-In Surfing (traditional)
  • Pipeline Surfing
  • Big Wave Surfing
  • Stand-Up Paddle Surfing
  • Tow-In Surfing
  • Windsurfing

Types of Boards:
  • Short Boards
  • Long Boards
  • Tow-In Boards
  • Foil boards
  • Windsurfing Boards

Notable Surfing Locations
  • Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California
  • Pipeline – North Shore Oahu, Hawaii
  • Third Reef - Off North Shore Oahu, Hawaii
  • Rapi Nui, Chili (3000 mi off coast)
  • The Cortes Bank (100 miles off the coast of San Diego)
  • Teahupo'o - Tahiti
  • Peahi - Maui, Hawaii

Technology Issues:
  • Surfboard Construction
  • Swim Gear and Wet Suite Materials
  • Seafloor Bathymetry

Environmental Issues:
  • Creation of Low Pressure Systems
  • Seafloor Topography
  • Protecting Coral Reefs
  • Severe Weather Conditions
  • Beach Erosion
  • Ocean Pollution
  • Making Surf Competitions Climate Netural

Health Concerns:
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Envementation
  • Hypothermia
  • Leg Strains
  • Neck Fractures
  • Drowning




"miki dora" surfing malibu -
One of the first renegade surfers.